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Michael Moorey's Hump (Round Barrow(s)) — Fieldnotes

Micheal moreys hump is a bronze age barrow commanding stunning views of the east end of the island. It has contained bodies from the bronze age and also secondary burials of anglo-saxon origin. The mound was excavated in the early 19th century when the Turnpike Commision disturbed the mound whilst carrying out road improvements. A local antiquary recorded the excavation in which seven skeletons were unearthed along with an iron knife. These remains belong to both the bronze age and anglo-saxon period. The builders also removed the stone gibbet socket at this time.
An adjacent but less obvious barrow was scientifically excavated in 1956, which revealed important early bronze age burials and wooden structures.

Michael Moorey's Hump (Round Barrow(s)) — Folklore

Local folklore would have us believe that a local man murdered his grandson in a nearby cottage and then set fire to the building in order to hide the evidence. He was later captured in a nearby cave and hung on the downs above. The gibbet was constructed on top of the ancient burial mound where he was left to decompose then buried in the mound. Those amongst you brave enough should visit the mound at midnight, circling it twelve times before calling "Michael Morey" three times, after which his ghost should appear.
The true story is far more gruesome as he lured the boy to a local wood where he cut off his head with a billhook, then hacked off his arms and legs before stuffing the remains jnto some old saddle bags and concealing them in the undergrowth.He was later captured and taken for trial in Winchester where he was found guilty and hung. His body was returned to the island to be hung in chains as a deterrent to others. The gibbet post which was erected on the burial mound can supposedly still be seen in the local pub (the 'Hare and Hounds' at Downend) along with a skull, which for many years was said to be Michael Moreys, recent evidence suggests that it is more likely to belong to one of the original prehistoric burials.
Information was taken from"For Rooks and Ravens" by Kenneth S. Phillips

Chillerton Down (Hillfort) — Fieldnotes

Rampart and ditch of an unfinished iron age promontory hillfort. The rampart is approximately 3m high , 85m long and 5m wide on top. Total width of the rampart base is 18m. The local name is five barrows due to depressions in the bank, giving the allusion of seperate mounds.
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